UNESCO World Heritage Sites In India To Add To Your Bucketlist

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

It's a fact that India has its own representation in the map of culture and historic significance globally. And there are various Indian sites that have helped put India on a global platform. Some of them have also made it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Our country is a hub of great artistic and inspirational architecture and artifacts. These iconic locations make people around the globe visit India to experience this magical world of ancient beauty. UNESCO has however listed down various heritage sites and India alone has 38 of them. These chosen UNESCO World Heritage Sites are selected irrespective of the territory it belongs to.

Here are some of the most picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India:

Taj Mahal

Known as the symbol of love, this ancient architecture is the face of Indian history and culture. The majestic sculptures, ivory marbles this beauty stands graciously on the banks of Yamuna in the city of Agra.


A historic place in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is a group of temples situated in Chhatarpur which includes both Hindu and Jain temples. Its nagara style architectural and erotic sculptures have made this monument famous.


Belonging from the south-Indian state of Karnataka, Hampi is a group of monuments that includes various temples from the Vijayanagara Empire. It is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra river in the eastern part of central Karnataka.

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||Hampi, Karnataka, India 2019 || . The Stone Chariot - The jewel of Hampi . Every tourist place has that one spot which earns it galore and admiration. For Hampi, the small, dainty temple village set in Karnataka, it’s the iconic stone chariot. It’s the leading man in the army of exquisite beautiful sights that Hampi has to offer and depicts Karnataka tourism an icon itself.The chariot is actually a shrine dedicated to Garuda, built inside the Vittala Temple Complex. The massive sculpture of Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s escort once was seated atop the chariot but it is empty at the present date. The Hampi Chariot has earned its name among the other three famous stone chariots in India- One in Konark, Odissa, and the other in Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu).The chariot was built by King Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire during the 16th century, who got fascinated with the Konark Sun temple chariot while fighting a battle in Odissa. The chariot is meant to represent the beauty and artistic perfection of the Empire. An interesting folklore emanates from the Hampi chariot as villagers believe that the world would come to a halt when the chariot moves from its place. It has come to have a sacrosanct presence and is internationally recognized as a world heritage site even by the UNESCO. . Check the back of your INR 50/- note :) . #hampi #hampiruins #stonechariot #hampikarnataka #hampiness #hampifocus #hampitourism #nammahampi #karnatakatourism #mystique_asia #natgeotravelindia #natgeoyourshot #incredible_india #india_gram #worldplaces #travellingthroughtheworld #likeforlikes #followforfollowback #unesco #unescoheritage #history #archeology #ruins #india_everyday

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Ajanta Ellora caves

Ajanta-Ellora caves are the largest caves in the state of Maharashtra. Located in Aurangabad, it is the largest rock-cut monastery temple that includes Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain sculptures and monuments. And yet after ages, this work of art has retained its beauty.

Sun Temple

As the name suggests, it is a temple dedicated to the Sun God and resembles the architecture of a chariot with wheels and horses carefully carved out of stone. Its existence goes back to the 13th century and was attributed to king Narasimha Deva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.


This is one of the villages/towns that UNESCO decided to mention in the world heritage list. Sanchi town is a Nagar panchayat in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. It is truly a wonder of how systematic and great the sculptures of the time were.

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Red Fort Complex

A fort situated in the capital of the country, Delhi, Red Fort is the place where the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag on the occasion of Independence Day. Red Fort, originally known as Lalkot, was the first build city in the region of Delhi.

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Lahori Gate -the main entrance to the #RedFortComplex. It's name comes from it's orientation towards the city of Lahore and not, as most people believe, from Ustad Ahmad Lahori -the architect of this grand fort. This is also, famously the place from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation on Independence Day. As can be seen in many examples of Mughal architecture, the architectural style comprises both Hindu and Islamic elements. The Indian Flag is hoisted on the main gate which has seven arches(a number considered auspicious in both religions) and has 'chattris'-prominent in Indian style of architecture as well as domes-symbolic of Islamic architecture thus showcasing an amalgamation of both cultures.

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How many of these UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India have you visited?

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